Tower Improvement Works-August 2020 Whilst considerable works were carried over 2007-2009 these did not include any improvements to the access and egress and general health and safety issues within the tower. In addition, all churches have a five-year quinquennial survey which identifies any repairs and maintenance issues. The church is then required to take action against these recommendations to maintain the building in good order and which it is required to fund the cost of these repairs from within its own finances. The tower consists of six levels: ringing chamber, sounding chamber, belfry, clock chamber, clock chamber roof and tower balustraded lantern. Access to these levels can be quite difficult due to the building being built in 1746 and with no consideration to current health and safety regulations! Many of the ladders were wooden and some of considerable height.
The PCC have been working hard over the past 18 months to raise sufficient funds to carry out works to both improve the access and egress to the tower and to address issues raised on the quinquennial survey. The works have cost £18,676 and have been made possible entirely through the generous donations and grants received from The Friends of Mereworth Church, Friends of Kent Churches and the Allchurches Trust for which we are most grateful. In addition, our thanks go to Felix Collins who has assisted us with the implementation of the works.
As we are unable to conduct tours of the tower above the ringing chamber level, we felt that a video showing the improvements that have been carried out and to have a view of the inside of the tower would be of interest, we hope you enjoy it.
As you can imagine our church needs constant repair and maintenance. In charge of this work is Robert Earl, our churchwarden. If you are able to help in any way please contact him.